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Nikon Coolpix S5100 review

Dennis Hissink
Photokina report
Sunday 22nd, August 2010
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

The Nikon Coolpix S5100 digital camera lies in between the Nikon Coolpix S4000 and the Coolpix S6000, in terms of numbering. This also seems to be the case in terms of technical specifications. With 5x optical zoom and a range of 28-140 mm, connected to a CCD image sensor with an effective resolution of 12.2 Megapixels, the Nikon Coolpix S5100 compact camera fits nicely in between them. It is Nikon’s answer to the storm of relatively cheap entry-level cameras that are being offered by virtually every manufacturer on every street corner. It is difficult for a manufacturer to distinguish itself in this price segment. Nikon does this by equipping the digital camera with a new image processor.

Nikon Coolpix S5100

Nikon Coolpix S5100 review
The new Nikon Coolpix S5100 camera has a light weight camera body with compact dimensions. It is a digital camera that you can carry in your pocket just like your cell phone and use at any time to capture a favorite moment. The wide angle zoom with a light tele of 140mm makes it possible to shoot all-round. It is handy for capturing family portraits indoors, but also practical to capture wide landscapes during a weekend trip.

Nikon Coolpix S5100

Nikon Coolpix S5100 digital camera
The 5x optical zoom is supported by a built-in optical image stabilizer (VR). It is very pleasant to shoot with such image stabilization, especially in low light conditions. It reduces effective movement blur and leads to a sharper end result. The Nikon Coolpix S5100 digital camera also automatically detects if the camera is on a tripod or hand-held. Such detection optimizes the camera settings.

Nikon Coolpix S5100

Nikon Coolpix S5100 photo features
The new Nikon Coolpix S5100 digital camera speaks for itself. It is a relatively cheaply priced compact camera for the amateur photographer, with the emphasis on photography without having to think. The Nikon Coolpix S5100 camera is equipped with a fast image processor which leads to an easy-going form of photography. You don’t notice the photo or 720p video clip processing. The new Nikon Coolpix S5100 camera is also equipped with functions such as the face detection in Face Zoom-in, which allows you to make nice portraits. The 18 built-in scenes, of which 6 are connected to the automatic scene selector, ensure that the Nikon Coolpix S5100 camera will always have an optimum setting available to guarantee optimum lighting.

Nikon Coolpix S5100

Nikon Coolpix S5100 review
The 2010 Photokina show in Cologne, Germany, will open its doors to the public between September 21st and 26th. It is the world’s largest imaging event, and all products will be shown that will be introduced worldwide in the coming months. Nikon will of course be present, and will demonstrate its complete assortment, including the new Nikon Coolpix S5100. Read the full Nikon Coolpix S5100 review at LetsGoDigital.

Nikon Coolpix S5100

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